Circle of Care:
Amputation Pain Solutions & Home Recovery Insights for Amputee Pets & Their People

Presented by: Dr. Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Jim Nelson, Co-Founder, Tripawds
Rene Agredano, Co-Founder, Tripawds

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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This webinar is FREE for all attendees.
1.5 hours of RACE CE credits (medical) will be available for HSVMA members only.
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Amputations are major surgeries that are painful not only intraoperatively, but can also be painful for a fairly long time post-operatively. The longer recovery time from pain is due to the large areas of soft tissue involvement at the surgery site and the severing of numerous, some fairly large, nerves. The latter initiates neuropathic pain, which can be difficult to control. If the amputation is done because of a painful lesion, the pre-existing pain will exacerbate the intra- and post-operative pain. Dr Grubb will discuss pre-, intra-and post-operative analgesic strategies.

Attendees will learn about the most immediate concerns that pet parents have when their dog or cat has had a limb amputation. The goal is to encourage discussion before and after surgery, in order to facilitate a smoother recovery with less emotional burden on the pet parent as well as the veterinary team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the normal pain pathway
  • Discuss the changes in the pain pathway with pre-existing pain
  • Define neuropathic pain and the role in post-amputation pain
  • Explore pre-, intra-and post-operative analgesic strategies
  • Develop tools to address the important discussion points for the pet parent such as potential mobility challenges and realistic expectations during and after recover






Dr. Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Grubb

Dr. Grubb is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns VET AACE, an anesthesia/analgesia & continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals.

Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and the President of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). In 2022 the World Small Animal Veterinary Association named her Speaker of the Year.

Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano

Rene Agredano and Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano are the founders of Tripawds.com, the leading online resource center for guardians of amputee pets to find free guidance and emotional support when their animal experiences limb loss due to cancer, trauma, or congenital reasons. The Tripawds community was founded in 2006 when their dog Jerry lost a leg to osteosarcoma and went on to live two remarkable years on three legs. In 2014, they formed the non-profit Tripawds Foundation to help pet parents with direct assistance programs that help defray some of the costs associated with a pet’s amputation.